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Human and organisational factors professional development: complete training resource

HF professional development courseHuman and organisational factors play a big part in operations in all industries, and have been cited as contributory causes in a number of major incidents.  However, among process safety leaders there exists a knowledge gap in how to manage human factors, due to a lack of training offered, both within industry and in many related university degrees.  

Human and organisational factors professional development fills this gap by providing a comprehensive, flexible, and modular training resource.  It aims to provide a standardised approach to human and organisational factors training and can be readily used by training departments, training providers and universities to teach human and organisational factors practices and methodologies to non-specialists.

What's inside?

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Human and organisational factors professional development is an 'off-the-shelf' resource, meaning it provides the teaching materials required for a trainer to deliver a 4-5 day human factors classroom-based training course.

The course covers the following topics:

Module 1: Overview of human and organisational factors

Explores the role of human and organisational factors in the causation of incidents and accidents, classifying the different types of human error, and the role of safety culture.

Module 2: Human and organisational factors in risk management

Explores human and organisational factors in incident investigation, and risk management techniques, both qualitative risks assessment and quantitative risk assessment.

Module 3: Human and organisational factors in work systems

Explores how the management of human and organisational factors should be integrated into an organisation's risk management system. Focuses on procedures, staffing arrangements, fatigue, communications and integration techniques.

Module 4: Human and organisational factors in design

Explores how human and organisational factors should be integrated into the design of equipment and plant.

Module 5: Non-technical skills

Explores the 'softer skills' that are an integral part of managing major hazards - communication, teamwork, situation awareness, decision making and leadership.

















The resource includes:

Trainer guide

Including a course overview, lesson plans for each
module, futher reading, learning outcomes, and
answers to the exercise questions.

Participant packs

Including module overview, learning outcomes,
workshop exercises, and end-of-module assessments.

Slide presentations

MS PowerPoint and PDF presentations for each
module (400+ slides), along with detailed trainer notes.

With over 30 hours of training material including a trainer guide, slide packs, slide notes, workshop activities, and assessment questions, this course sets a high standard for industry-focused human factors training, and can also contribute towards related management and engineering university courses.

Being modular, the course is targeted at a number of different levels, including senior managers, front line operators, and future safety leaders, students and graduates.

Who is the target audience?

The course should be delivered by an experienced trainer/facilititator, in a classroom setting.

The course itself is suitable for a variety of different audiences, including managers, process safety engineers, HSE managers, designers, operators, etc., as well as students and graduates expecting to enter the energy and related process industries.

What level of knowledge is taught?

The course materials teach a 'basic' level, bridging the gap between 'awareness' (level 1) and 'skilful' (level 3). It is ideal if the course participants already have an awareness of human factors (through reading the Human factors briefing notes  or taking the free online Human factors awareness course.  After undertaking the course they should be able to begin participating in human factors initiatives, and begin managing human factors in their own work.


Where to access this resource

Human and organisational factors professional development: complete training resource (1st edition, 2013, ISBN: 978 0 85293 655 9) is available as a priced hardcopy publication, or accessible as electronic download to EI Technical Partner members.